Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Harvin's trade value
By Tom Carpenter
Percy Harvin may be on the trading block, but at least one person in the Minnesota Vikings isn't convinced that shipping him out is a great idea.
ESPN's Josina Anderson spoke with a Vikings team source who said, "He is a star athlete who is a great player. Is he a volatile guy? Yes. Can he be managed? Yes. For me he is not an issue. You just have to be able to deal and manage star players. I don't think we should be at the point of being done with him."
Another issue is how much the Vikes can expect to get in return for the mercurial wideout, and the buzz is that it certainly won't be a first-round draft pick.
"Heard from 2 NFL execs on possible Harvin trade: 1 spoke of how complex finding value is. Another said he'd be shocked at better than a 3rd," tweeted NFL.com's Ian Rapoport.
That's the same picture that 1500ESPN's Tom Pelissero has picked up from his sources.
"Not surprised @RapSheet is finding relatively low ceiling on Percy Harvin value. Been vetting this since June. Consistently heard a 2 or 3," he tweeted.
Time will tell whether the Vikings are serious about moving Harvin or simply testing the waters to see what they could get in return. While there is debate about his trade value, there is no doubting his talent. As Anderson noted, before Harvin got hurt, he "was on pace for a 120 catches in a 16-game season, which would've been 2nd (2 behind Megatron) & 1,334 receiving ranking him 11th."